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Rotoscoping

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ampaudi Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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May 26, 2007 5:28 PM
Hi,
I am looking to find out how to rotoscope a certain area of the frames of my videos, reagardless of the number of frames. Is anyone familiar on how to do so in Final Cut Express?
Thanks,
Ampaudi
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  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,615 points)
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    May 26, 2007 6:57 PM (in response to ampaudi)
    You can' do this in FCE. You need specialist rotoscoping software. Try googling it.
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  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,615 points)
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    May 26, 2007 7:19 PM (in response to ampaudi)
    Afraid not.
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  • helpisneeded Calculating status...
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    May 26, 2007 9:24 PM (in response to ampaudi)
    you can use an adobe flash program, there are free trials at www.adobe.com. i can't figure out how yet, but i know it can be done.
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  • Steven Busenlehner Calculating status...
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    May 26, 2007 9:37 PM (in response to ampaudi)
    i've considered doing this and the way i would do it is

    1) freeze the frames you want to rotoscope
    2) export them to photoshop or the gimp which is free and what i use
    3) "cartoonize" them, which you won't be able to do incredibly well, but good enough i think.
    4) put them back into your movie.

    you do know this will take a very very long time right? i don't know about photoshop but if you use gimp you should be able to find a fu-script that will speed up the process. and as far as i know the software used for rotoscoping is owned solely by one company and they're not selling it.

    hope i've helped,
    steven
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  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (17,430 points)
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    May 27, 2007 2:53 AM (in response to Steven Busenlehner)
    I don't know whether it would achieve exactly the effect you want but a fast and dirty, poor man's version might be to play around with filters like the "Emboss, Find Edges, Posterize and Solarize" etc.

    Occasionally I have found that an alternative effect can sometimes be more successful than the original one I envisaged - and a lot faster and cheaper.

    Ian.
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  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (17,430 points)
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    May 27, 2007 3:16 AM (in response to Ian R. Brown)
    Using "Find Edges" and selecting "Invert" can give some interesting effects.
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  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (17,430 points)
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    May 27, 2007 8:00 AM (in response to ampaudi)
    I am not sure what you are doing but it may be possible to draw a matte around the person so that the black on him is not keyed out.
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  • hawkmankt Calculating status...
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    May 27, 2007 8:14 PM (in response to ampaudi)
    Try this guys.

    http://www.toolfarm.com/tutorials/wakinglife.html

    It's not as pretty as the real deal, but has gotten me out of a pickle before with a project. Of course, you will need After Effects and Photoshop.

    Good luck!
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  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (17,430 points)
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    May 28, 2007 2:57 AM (in response to ampaudi)
    Without an exact description or picture of what you are attempting it is almost impossible to advise.

    Ian.
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